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Jessica Seinfeld's Cacio e Pepe

Try This Decadent, Yet Simple Pasta Recipe

In her new book, Jessica Seinfeld tackles various issues people have with cooking.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Jessica Seinfeld, wife of funnyman Jerry and best-selling author of two other cookbooks, has put together no-fail recipes for even the most nervous kitchen nellies in her new "The Can't Cook Book."

Try her simple recipe for cacio e pepe, a simple spaghetti with butter, pepper, and cheese.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) grated pecorino
  • ½ cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan
  • 1 box (1 lb.) whole wheat or regular spaghetti
  • Cooking Directions

    About an hour ahead of time, take the butter out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

    Fill a large pot with water (to about 1 inch from the top). Place on the stove and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Place a colander in the sink. Meanwhile, crack the pepper using the bottom of a small skillet until all of the peppercorns are cracked.

    In a large bowl, using a silicone spatula, combine the pecorino, Parmesan, butter, and cracked pepper until the mixture is crumbly.

    When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Once the pasta is al dente, use a liquid measuring cup to take ½ cup of the pasta water from the pot; set aside.

    Drain the pasta into the colander. Immediately add the pasta and ¼ cup of the pasta water to the large bowl and stir to combine until the cheeses have melted. Add more pasta water, if necessary, for a creamier consistency.

    Copyright © 2013 by Jessica Seinfeld from THE CAN'T COOK BOOK published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: unsalted butter, whole black peppercorns, pecorino, parmesan, spaghetti

    Course: Dinner

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